Narendra Modi Will Travel To Islamabad For SAARC Summit

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New Delhi: Even as Pakistan pushes ahead with preparations to host the SAARC Summit in November, India is yet to confirm if Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Islamabad for the meet. The decision would have to take in a number of factors into consideration, such as the chill in India-Pakistan ties and India’s commitment to multilateral organizations.

The formal invite had arrived in March for the summit, scheduled for November 9 and 10 in Islamabad. External Affairs Minister PM Modi to visit Pakistan, says Sushma Swaraj that PM Modi would attend the summit, but much has changed since.

While the escalation in tensions with Islamabad will figure high in the matrix of decision making, so will the experience of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent Pakistan visit for a meeting of SAARC home ministers.

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The Centre had justified Rajnath’s trip to Islamabad as a demonstration of India’s commitment to its role in the regional multilateral organization. However, Rajnath’s visit had only seen the pitch getting shriller between the two countries. While some outfits had protested his arrival in Islamabad, Rajnath himself had used the platform to needle the Pakistan establishment’s over its ties to terrorist organizations and to the ongoing tensions in Kashmir.